Training Table: Not enough progress in 4 months

I jumped into the local LA Fitness 25 yard pool here in beautiful Barrie this morning to re-test my Base Pace:

Standard Warmup (1,750 yards)

  • 1 x 400: IM, kick-drill by 25s

  • 4 x 100: on 1:30, freestyle swim, descend wearing a Finis snorkel

  • In 2018, I was 1:12, 1:11, 1:08, 1:04

  • 2019-08-01 was 1:17, 1:13, 1:11+, 1:09

  • 2019-12-02 was 1:13+, 1:11+, 1:09+, 1:07

  • 8 x 50: on 0:50, w/Finis Z2 Zoomer fins, dolphin kick

  • Odd 25s on stomach, going 8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15 underwater SDKs no breath fast, then easy into a flip turn

  • Even 25s on back, going 8 underwater SDKs no breath fast, then easy the rest of the way

  • 6 x 50: on 1:00, #1 and #6 are easy breastroke kick while wearing the snorkel; evens are strong IM order

  • In 2018, I was 0:31 (fly), 0:33 (back), 0:39 (breast), 0:30 (free)

  • 2019-08-01, was 0:35, 0:35, 0:41, 0:32

  • 2019-12-02, was 0:35, 0:35, 0:39+, 0:32+

  • 8 x 25: odds easy double arm backstroke focusing on a deep catch, evens fast IM order

  • 1 x 50: easy scull

3 x 300 Test Set (1,000 set / 2,750 yards total)

  • 3 x 300: test set on 4:00

  • My best performance ever on this was back in December of 2016, when I went 3:08+, 3:09, 3:08+

  • 2018-11-23 - 3:25, 3:22+, 3:19+

  • 2019-08-01 - 3:34, 3:33, 3:30

  • 2019-12-02 - 3:27, 3:29, 3:25

  • This puts my Threshold pace at 1:09

  • I keep my Base Pace at 1:20

  • 1 x 100: easy sculling and kicking with a snorkel

TOTAL: 2,750 yards

In warmup, I honestly thought I was going to be in the low 3:20 range. Midway through #2, I thought I was going to totally fall apart, so it was good to have a solid effort on #3. This did mark my 5th day of swimming in a row, though, so I'm starting to get the consistency of training. The gains will come.

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